PUTNAM, CT USA - (July 19, 2016) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, now offers thermoplastic urethanes (TPU) with PureEase™ technology for improved extrusion processing control. This proprietary additive system was developed to help maintain consistent processing parameters of validated TPU based polymers and compounds. Consistent processing parameters can mean tighter ID/OD tubing tolerances especially in small tubes. “Many medical devices require validated manufacturing processes for components such as tubes and films. This can be challenging for components made from TPU’s due to process variability,” said Lawrence Acquarulo, CEO of Foster Corporation. “PureEase technology improves process consistency and reduces dimensional variation of finished components.”
PUTNAM, CT USA - (June 16, 2016) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces a new line of color concentrates using FDA 21CFR 73 subpart D pigments for medical device applications. In support of medical customers in early stages of product development, Foster’s MediBatch™ color concentrates will be available in quantities as low as a single pound.
Foster Corporation, a leading supplier of polymer solutions for the healthcare industry, introduces ProFlex™ styrene-ethylene butylene-styrene (SEBS) for medical device applications. These polymers offer a low cost alternative to other thermoplastic elastomers with superior elastomeric properties.
Styrene block copolymers (SBC’s), including SEBS, offer the greatest value among all thermoplastic elastomers. SBC’s provide design flexibility and resilience properties similar to thermoset rubber, wwhile maintaining desirable processing characteristics of thermoplastics. ProFlex SEBS is suitable for use in conventional injection molding and extrusion equipment.
Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, now offers custom colored medical polymers in quantities as low as 25 pounds (11 kgs) within a two week lead time to support market demand for rapid prototype development. These include formulations using pigments compliant with FDA requirements for use in applications that contact the human body for up to 30 days. Medical devices often use custom colored components for branding, aesthetics, or functional purposes. Injection molding or extruding limited quantities of these components is common in early stage prototype development. Small quantities of custom colored polymers are desirable; yet, traditional minimum order quantities offered by many custom compounders range from 50 to several hundred pounds due to equipment and/or economic limitations.
Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation specializing in the strategic sourcing of medical polymers and additives, announces the addition of TPX™ polymethylpentene (PMP) to their polymer portfolio. The low surface tension of this olefin copolymer is ideally suited for mandrels used in the manufacturing precision medical tubing and release films for shipping and handling applications. Foster Polymer Distribution will offer TPX™ to the North American medical market.
Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, announces their official partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to distribute MX Nylon to the North American medical market. Mitsubishi’s MX Nylon, a meta-xylene diamine polyamide, offers excellent mechanical and barrier properties for molded components and devices, and medical packaging applications.
Foster Delivery Science, a business unit of Foster Corporation, has broken ground on a new facility to support increased demand for manufacturing drug delivery and implant polymer blends. The facility is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015 at which time it will be registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow for processing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
For 11 years now, Foster Corporation has participated in the annual Quinnebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Manufacturing Expo. This event brings together local manfacturing businesses and partners them with area high schools. Each partner team combines the capbilities of the host company, with the aspirations of the students to imagine, design and manufacture a product that improves the qualify of life.
Foster Corporation announced it ranked in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Foster Corporation grew 145% percent from 2008 to 2012.
Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation has added Arkema Kynar® Rx 752 to its growing portfolio of medical grade polymers. This unique PVDF copolymer is USP Class VI compliant, chemical and autoclave resistant and can be processed using standard extrusion and injection molding equipment.
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